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Wrap Up of Media Reviews and Accolades - November 2015





2009 Howard Park Grand Jeté
“Has a full nose, with toast and grilled nuts. Overall it is highly complex. After the generosity of the nose. The wine’s quite taut in the mouth, but has sweet fruit flavours to match its dry finish and has very good length. Bennie reported, “Toasted brioche, some nuttiness, honey and lemon curd aromas. Fleshy textured with ripe apple flavours and a zingy acid-driven finish. A brisk and refreshing style with some weight behind it.”
90 points (4 Stars) – Fiz & Fun Tasting, Gourmet Traveler Magazine

Howard Park Jeté Brut Blanc NV
“… It is a heady mix of lovely ripe lemons, some strawberry and ripe red apples, balanced on the palate by a gentle lemon peel acidity. It has some brioche notes with a little hazelnut as well, and very mild hints of honeydew melon.  It's stunning to say the least.
Have it as a starter for brunch or enjoy it with a light lunch – it’s the perfect drink for Christmas morning if you will, with some roasted ham or a dozen oysters to start the day.  It is luxurious and deserves very good food to go with it.”
9.5/10 – Scoffer Magazine

2013 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
“An expressive and flavoursome wine showing loads of ripe citrus and tropical. An elegant nose of grapefruit, gooseberry, passionfruit and light toasty oak leads to a gorgeous palate with a touch of barrel ferment fiving a creamy mouthfeel and a long refined finish. So enjoyable.”
Top 30 Classic Dry Whites – “State of Play SBS Tasting”, Selector Magazine

2014 Howard Park Chardonnay
“From the estate vineyards in Mount Barker, Porongurup and Margaret River; hand-picked, and chilled overnight before being hand sorted, whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel (30% new French) for wild fermentation, matured on lees for 9 months, part with mlf. Iron fist in a velvet glove, more common with red wines than chardonnay, but this has awesome power, concentration and length to its pink grapefruit, white stone fruit and pistachio, nougat accents from the mlf.”
97 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

2013 Howard Park Cellar Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
“Eight barrels of cabernet from the estate Leston Vineyard in Margaret River and four barrels from the Alkoomi Vineyard in Frankland River; matured in French oak, then tank, bottled Feb ’15. Brightly coloured, it is a juicy, fruit-forward style in a light to medium-bodied frame to be enjoyed any time over the next 10+ years.”
92 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

2013 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
"Both opulent and fine at once. The bullseye has been hit dead centre here. Oak, fruit, acid and tannin all pull together. Excellent wine, builds its own landscape. Blackcurrant-like flavour, luscious, is slipped with coffee-cream, leather, cigars. Dusty, fruit-filled tannin winds its way through, inexorable, unhurried, a river flowing over smooth long stones. The longer you sit with it, the lower the price seems."
96 points - James Halliday, 'Wine of the Week', Halliday Wine Companion online

2013 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
“It’s all Australian yet reminds me of Bordeaux. I offer it as a compliment. 94 points now, more to come and if putting away well worth the $46, If into Bordeaux it’s at least half the price of its French equivalent.”
94 points - Tony Keys, The Key Review of Wine

2012 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
“A wine with good pedigree that I don’t get to try too often is the Howard Park 2012 Leston Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River in Western Australia. The 2012 is out now in BC and should be a good one to put a few bottles away for later. Most Margaret River reds seem to age quite well and are often a well-priced bet for the cellar.”
Wine Align – Top Pick, November 2015 – Rhys Pender. MW



2014 MadFish Shiraz Pinot Noir Rose
“From the southwest of WA, with light, vivid crimson-puce; the bouquet and palate point to skilled handling, in a seamless red fruit spectrum from 63% pinot noir, 34% shiraz (and 3% muscat!). Perfect balance, lovely juicy red berry flavours and finish; clever winemaking.”
93 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine


2014 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Chardonnay
“Hand-picked and bunch-sorted, then whole bunch pressed to French oak (40% new) for 10 months’ maturation, partial mlf. This might have resulted in a broad palate, instead it is beautifully fresh and linear, leaving the mouth as fresh as a daisy, the mix of white stone fruit and grapefruit perfectly gauged, oak playing a pure support role.”
96 points – James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

2014 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir
“Two individual blocks from a single estate vineyard with high density planting of Dijon clones; hand-picked and sorted, 5-day cold soak, some whole bunches, 10 months in French barriques (45% new). A most impressive wine, both in terms of structure, texture and flavour; borders on full bodied, the poached red and black fruits taking no prisoners. Demands patience.”
95 points – James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine


2008 Franck Bonville Grand Cru Avize Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésime
“The tension of the outstanding 2008 vintage plays to the structure and definition of Avize to create a cuvée of vertical linearity, high-tensile frame and longevity. Outstanding now, it will only get better over the coming decades.”
95 points – Tyson Stelzer, Gourmet Traveller





 2015 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Gold Medal – 95pts
Trophy - The Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Trophy, Sponsored by QT Canberra
The National Wine Show of Australia


2012 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon 
Silver Medal – 91pts
The National Wine Show of Australia

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